-The Australian singer will open the ABAO season with Lucia di Lammemoor, the role for which she was awarded the Best Soprano of the Season prize by the Community of Valencia Friends of the Opera and the Arts.
In September, Jessica Pratt, who is currently one of the most renowned coloratura sopranos on the international opera scene, began the 2019-2020 with the enormous challenge of singing all the female roles in Les Comtes d’Hoffmann –Olympia, Antonia, Giulietta and Stella– at the Opéra National de Bordeaux (France). After her intense “Hoffman” experience, this October she will return to the Basque Country to appear once again in the capital, Bilbao, in the title role of Lucia di Lammermoor in a co-production between ABAO Bilbao Opera, the Bologna Teatro Comunale, the Genoa Teatro Carlo Felice and the Slovak National Theatre. With performances on the 19th, 21st, 25th and 28th October, the outstanding soprano´s Donizetti engagements in Bilbao have a special flavour this time, “as this will be my hundredth performance in this emblematic role, which has brought me so much joy,” the singer explains. Jessica Pratt has taken her Lucia to theatres such as the New York Metropolitan, the Théâtre des Champs Elysées in Paris, La Scala in Milan and Sydney Opera House, among many others.
In Spain, the soprano will take the role of Lucia again next January at the Ópera de Oviedo. Last July she was hugely successful in the role at the Palau de Les Arts in Valencia, being awarded the prize for the best soprano of the season by the Community of Valencia Friends of the Opera and the Arts. Pratt, who is delighted with the prize and feeling very grateful, adds that “in Bilbao I will sing the opera in the original tonality and with a new cadenza, something I am really looking forward to, as I will continue to deepen my understanding of the musical complexities of the opera.” Riccardo Frizza, an expert on the bel-canto composer and musical director of the Bergamo Donizetti Festival, will conduct the performances and be at the helm of the Euskadiko Orkestra Sinfonikoa and the Bilbao Coro de Ópera choir.
Born in England and brought up in Sydney, Jessica Pratt is looking forward to a busy 2019-2020 season which includes I Puritani at the Opéra de Marseille, her return to Oviedo as Lucia, I Puritani once again at the Teatro San Carlo in Naples and Lucrezia Borgia at the Sydney Opera House.